March/April 2023

continued from previous page being held. Your sign-up fee (donation) when you play the games helps support these efforts. The by-product of being a part of this activity is not only the ability to make a difference in the lives of others, but also establish meaningful connections amongst your teammates in the industry. SHFM is about relationship building. For those new to SHFM, what advice would you give to get the most out of involvement with the Society? My advice would be to look to join a group within SHFM (membership, marketing, locals, various planning committees) that means something to you. If it feels like work, it’s likely not the right group for you. We all have areas of expertise and our ability to show value through our shared experience enriches our community as a whole. Once you are within the group that you feel works best for you and your schedule, engage with the leadership of that group. Ask for advice on how to make a meaningful impact to your group and also seek to understand other members who could benefit from what your organization offers. Keep in mind that if you are selling your organization hard to the membership you likely will not make much headway. Our community seeks solutions for their businesses, not a sales pitch. As a long-time SHFM member, what is your favorite memory of SHFM? There are many memories that come to mind in thinking of past virtual, local, CIC, golf outings, and National conferences for SHFM. Some that are appropriate for this newsletter and others that involve Russ Benson. Side note- if you do not know who that is- Russ is a wealth of knowledge for our community and he has held many different positions within our industry. Russ is a great person and gave me the opportunity to lead the SHFM Chicago local group. Find your Russ! Having said that, the Hunger Games likely takes the cake when it comes to MANY favorite memories. The one that stands out the most was the check presentation for the charitable funds that we were able to raise for Dana and our Hunger Games 2019 Charitable partner group Food Now. The sheer tears of joy that he expressed for the $25K impact that we were able to provide to his organization is something that stays with me and drives me to continue to give back to our great industry.

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The Formation of the Escoffier Society In the Jantzen suite at the Hotel Waldorf-Astoria there was formed early last year (1936), an organization which bids fair to become the high authority and final arbiter in all matters epicurean in this part of the country. For never has a body of men assembled around a festive board in this city which was more representative of what the word “epicurean” really means.

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